After spending the 2012 season watching from the sidelines as an injured tight end, Dan Hicks is back on the defensive line and pushing for a starting position this spring.
Florida State lost a handful of NFL talent on the defensive line this off-season but the 'Noles boast a roster full of potential stars ready to step up in their absence.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: junior-college defensive end Desmond Hollin.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
#3 FSU vs #7 Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium
No. 10 Florida State vs. No. 4 Florida - AP Photos
2013 OUTLOOK:Third-year defensive lineman, who was hit by the injury bug early on in his FSU career. Displays good hips and a good first-step. Despite missing some of spring practice in 2012 with a knee injury, exited spring in the mix at one of the interior tackle spots on a very deep and talented unit. Returned to that form this spring and spent most of the time as one of the first team defensive tackles. Expected to be a big contributor in 2013.
2012: Freshman defensive end who saw action in 12 games this season...totaled 13 tackles for the Seminoles...recorded at least one tackle in his first six games of the season...had four solo tackles for the season...recovered a fumble in the third quarter as well as forced a fumble in the fourth quarter of the season opening game against Murray State.
2011: Redshirt season.
PERSONAL: A four-star defensive end who enjoyed a stellar senior season recording 83 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks...ranked the No. 10 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and No. 18 defensive end by Scout.com...rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports...named first team All-Area defensive end by TCPalm...finished his junior season with 40 tackles and three sacks while also garnering first team All-Area honors...No. 17 on Bill Buchalter's Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 3 defensive end...No. 54 on the Sporting News Top 100...No. 27 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 3 overall athlete...selected to the Under Armour All-American team...played right tackle, left tackle and even some center in high school and did the same in the Under Armour All-American game despite being projected to play defense in college...No. 67 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps.com Top 100...rated No. 25 in the Gainesville Sun's top 50 seniors list for the state of Florida...No. 19 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...chosen by ESPN760 as the No. 3 player in the 10 players to watch in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast...coached by Chris Hutchings...November 26, 1991.